A question to begin…are you referring to listening to the content you are using on Lingq or elsewhere? Or specifically listening to live conversations, or people talking?
I’ll repeat like the others, you need to be doing at least as much listening as reading of the content you are looking at. (if you have the audio). You’ll also find the listening helps your reading and vocabulary acquisition. You need to listen enough to the content you have repeatedly so that you can pick out every word. Along with repeated readings you’ll learn most, if not, everything from that bit of content. You’ll be able to listen and follow along and understand. Granted a lot of this, in my opinion, is just that you’ve listened to that bit of content so many times you have it memorized so you may not be able to pick out many of those words in a different piece of content. However, the more you listen and read other content with those words it will sink in.
By the way, I say “repeated” readings and listenings. I really do think you need to repeat, but I also feel there may come a point where it’s best to move on to the next piece of content, even if you can’t quite remember/translate all the words. Some words simply won’t stick with you for some time and I think require seeing those words in different content before they may finally stick. Some of these words can take a LONG time.
BTW, I’m about your same level. The reason I ask the question at the beginning, is that I can listen and understand much of the content for my level, which frankly, we are still not very far. I’m learning German btw, and even at 7000 words I was mostly lost when I last visited Germany and was listening to conversations of my gf’s German family. Granted I think they sometimes use a bit of local dialect, but I was disappointingly lost. I often did get the gist of the subject matter, but never enough to feel comfortable asking a question regarding specifically what they were speaking of, or adding input. However, for most basic things, at a store or restaurant, or bar, I was able to communicate. Poorly, but nevertheless communicate on a very basic level, and I don’t do any speaking practice. I had definitely improved over last year as I could pick out many more words in the conversations, so I was excited about that. Still, much more work to go!
I think this points out that I can hear things that are at my level. I can also speak, at a lower level. For a regular conversation though, I think we still have too few words, and for me, still too little listening and speaking practice. (I think I’m near about 100 hours listening). I can have a basic conversation and talk about things and subjects I know at a very basic level. It would be quite poor and slow to spit out, but I can do it. I’m sure a native speaker would be bored to tears…lol. I do try to think of how I would describe situations, or what I did during the course of the day. Kind of thinking and speaking out to myself.